Growing up, we had a rotation of regular dinners: ground beef tacos, grilled chicken, pot roast, etc.
But the most consistent meal was definitely spaghetti. Spaghetti was the first meal I was able to cook by myself (with store bough pasta and sauce, of course), without any help and it has always had a homey, nostalgic essence.
No joke, my sister makes spaghetti twice a week.
This year my mom made large quantities of garden-fresh, homemade spaghetti sauce with tomatoes from their flourishing garden. She sent some frozen containers back to Fort Worth with me after my last visit and I have finally made use of it! So so good.
So I wanted to share with you my very simple, absolutely delicious spaghetti and meatballs recipe!
What You'll Need:
1/2 lb ground beef
3/4 cup Parmesan bread crumbs
1 clove garlic, minced
1tbsp Italian seasoning
Sprinkle of minced parsley
Salt and Pepper to taste
(optional- 1 tsp crushed red pepper)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 jar spaghetti sauce (store bought, homemade, sent from Mom- whichever you've got!)\
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
2 servings prepared spaghetti pasta
What To Do:
Prepare spaghetti pasta. Meanwhile, mix together ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, and seasoning. Heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat. Form ground beef mixture into small balls and place in hot oil. Brown the meatballs on all sides.
Once browned, drain most of the excess oil. Add spaghetti sauce and mushrooms to the meatballs in the pan and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
To serve, layer pasta, sauce and meatballs into your bowl or plate. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and minced parsley. Voila!